The Cossack Myth
History and Nationhood in the Age of Empires
$26.00 ( ) USD
Part of New Studies in European History
- Author: Serhii Plokhy, Harvard University, Massachusetts
Adobe eBook Reader
Looking for an examination copy?
If you are interested in the title for your course we can consider offering an examination copy. To register your interest please contact email@example.com providing details of the course you are teaching.
In the years following the Napoleonic Wars, a mysterious manuscript began to circulate among the dissatisfied noble elite of the Russian Empire. Entitled The History of the Rus', it became one of the most influential historical texts of the modern era. Attributed to an eighteenth-century Orthodox archbishop, it described the heroic struggles of the Ukrainian Cossacks. Alexander Pushkin read the book as a manifestation of Russian national spirit but Taras Shevchenko interpreted it as a quest for Ukrainian national liberation and it would inspire thousands of Ukrainians to fight for the freedom of their homeland. Serhii Plokhy tells the fascinating story of the text's discovery and dissemination unravelling the mystery of its authorship and tracing its subsequent impact on Russian and Ukrainian historical and literary imagination. In so doing he brilliantly illuminates the relationship between history, myth, empire and nationhood from Napoleonic times to the fall of the Soviet Union.Read more
- A fascinating study of the role of history in the creation of national mythologies
- Solves the mystery behind one of the most controversial East European literary mystifications
- A major contribution to the history of the Cossacks and to Russian and Ukrainian history more generally
- Winner of the 2013 Historia Nova Prize for the Best Book on Russian Intellectual History, Mikhail Prokhorov Foundation and the Academic Studies Press
Reviews & endorsements
"With its impressive source base, deep analysis, and thoughtful integration into comparative studies of empire, this book offers valuable insights for historians of the Russian Empire and Soviet Union, as well as scholars interested in Ukrainian history and culture, eastern European historiography and comparative studies of empire."
Rebecca Mitchell, Canadian Journal of HistorySee more reviews
"Serhii Plohky has written one of the most important and captivating monographs on modern Ukrainian history and the Ukrainian-Russian relationship to come out in recent years. For the general reader, the tome is cast as a fascinating search for clues that begins with numerous theories on the authorship, time of composition and purpose of the 'History' before Plohky elegantly lays out his own theories by taking the reader through the steps by which he came to his views."
Frank Sysyn, The Russian Review
Not yet reviewed
Be the first to review
Review was not posted due to profanity×
- Date Published: August 2012
- format: Adobe eBook Reader
- isbn: 9781139534413
- contains: 13 b/w illus. 4 maps
- availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
Table of Contents
Part I. The Mystery:
1. A call for freedom
2. The Cossack annals
3. The birth of the myth
Part II. On a Cold Trail:
4. A noble heart
5. The Cossack prince
6. The Kyiv manuscript
Part III. Pieces of a Puzzle:
7. A matter of time
8. Uncovering the motive
9. How did he do it?
10. The Cossack treasure
Part IV. Unusual Suspects:
11. People and places
12. The Cossack aristocrats
13. The liberated gentry
14. A history teacher
Part V. A Family Circle:
15. A missing name
16. Family matters
17. The rivals
Appendix: Cossack family networks.
Sorry, this resource is locked
Please register or sign in to request access. If you are having problems accessing these resources please email firstname.lastname@example.orgRegister Sign in
You are now leaving the Cambridge University Press website. Your eBook purchase and download will be completed by our partner www.ebooks.com. Please see the permission section of the www.ebooks.com catalogue page for details of the print & copy limits on our eBooks.Continue ×